Trevor Ashley celebrates Dame Shirley Bassey’s 80th birthday with special Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras edition of Helpmann Award nominated show at Sydney Opera House Concert Hall
“DIAMONDS ARE FOR TREVOR”
Thursday, March 2, 2017.
Celebrating Shirley Bassey’s 80th birthday, the irrepressible Trevor Ashley will bring back his acclaimed two-act show for one Gala evening in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on Thursday, March 2 in association with 2017 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
Hot on the stilettos of sold out Sydney Opera House performances of “Liza’s Back! (is broken)”, the three-time Helpmann Award nominated (Les Miserables, Fat Swan, Diamonds Are For Trevor) and multi-award winning diva will channel the Welsh-born Dame as only he can!
With his trademark humour, wit, and unrivalled set of lungs, Ashley will perform dozens of her classic hits accompanied by a stunning 24-piece orchestra and dressed by Academy Award® winner Tim Chappel as he tells the Shirley Bassey rags to riches story like it’s never, never, never been told before.
Along with all the sequins, jewels, big gowns and bigger hair, expect to hear Big Spender, Goldfinger, Never, Never, Never, This is My Life, Get The Party Started, History Repeating and Diamonds are Forever - plus a few songs the Dame has never got around to singing!
As well as major musicals (including Hairspray and Priscilla), Ashley has played every major cabaret stage and festival across the country with his one-man shows, selling out numerous Sydney Opera House shows, garnering standing ovations and unanimous rave reviews.
Take a tour of Shirley’s life, complete with feathers, flash, and frequent diva tantrums. Hilarious, brilliant and often moving, when Ashley takes on the one and only Dame Shirley Bassey, it will prove once and for all that diamonds really are for Trevor.
Trevor Ashley recently starred as Thenardier in Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Miserables for which he received a Helpmann Award nomination. Previously, Trevor played the leading role of Edna Turnblad in David Atkins’ Hairspray (Sydney Theatre Award nomination), and was also an original cast member of Priscilla Queen of the Desert - the Musical, creating the role of Miss Understanding.
But it is in the works of his own creations that he truly shines including, Fat Swan (Helpmann nominee), Little Orphan TrAshley, Diamonds Are For Trevor (Helpmann nominee), I’m Every Woman (Sydney Theatre Award - Best Cabaret), and Liza (on an E), a show which has taken him around Australia and the world, culminating with a season in London’s West End.
In July 2015, Trevor made his directorial debut to sold out audiences and critical acclaim with the Australian Premiere of Heathers: The Musical (Sydney Theatre Award nominee – Best Direction of a Musical), which played a sell out season at the Sydney Opera House in June.
Trevor most recently sold out two Sydney Opera House performances of his brand new show Liza’s Back! (is broken), which debuted in London and he premiered TWINS for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with the fabulous Rhonda Burchmore.
‘Frankly magnificent… he belts out impossible note after impossible note.’ (Time Out)
‘He’s a gem… a sparkly and ostentatious gem.’ (Herald Sun)
DIAMONDS ARE FOR TREVOR
Written by: Trevor Ashley and Phil Scott
Produced by: Craig McMahon
Lighting Design: Matthew Marshall
Costume Design: Tim Chappel